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>> shepard: brand new trouble for toyota. now word of an email before the vehicle recall and it is revealing. plus, new developments in the race to save the miners. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. >> coal mine something a way of life for our families around here. >> shepard: when disaster strikes, folks here pull together. >> these are very, very strong people. >> shepard: crews have drilled. >> they cut through 1,093 feet. >> they have signaled. >> we banged on the pipe for 15 minutes or so. >> shepard: and all the while families have waited for news. >> it's just a sad situation. >> shepard: tonight, the latest development in the disaster at the mine. plus, leader vs. leader. tonight, reports of a simmering feud between president obama and the afghan president harmid karzai. all of this while tens of thousands of american troops are over there fighting a war first from fox this wednesday night, coal mining, it's connected to each and every one of us across this great nation. according to government accounts, half of the electricity we use in this country comes f
. >>> explosive new relations and the toyota investigation. the associated press is reporting five days before toyota announced a massive recall, the u.s. toyota executives wrote an internal email, "we need to come clean about accelerator pedal problems and the time to hide on this is over." accusations have been made to the effect we avenue about the accelerator pedal problems months before issuing the recall. >>> the fbi has arrested a california man for making threatening phone calls to house speaker nancy pelosi. the fbi said the man made calls to her home in california and washington and he knew her home address. >>> president obama is flying to prague to sign a strategic arms reduction agreement with his russian counterpart, dmitri megadeath. it requires the cold war rivals to cut their nuclear arsenals by nearly one-third. the president said the u.s. will use conventional, not nuclear weapons, against non-nuclear states, even in the event of a chemical or biological attack. next week, mr. obama boasts dozens of world leaders in washington for a nuclear security summit. >>> to radical cl
civilians in baghdad. one of them working as a journalist. >>> and the government ordered toyota to pay the largest ever penalty against an automaker. somewhere in america... there's a home by the sea powered by the wind on the plains. there's a hospital where technology has a healing touch. there's a factory giving old industries new life. and there's a train that got a whole city moving again. somewhere in america, the toughest questions are answered every day. because somewhere in america, more than sixty thousand people spend every day answering them. siemens. answers. >>> welcome back. a look at the stock market. stock prices were lower in the early going. a recent rally had taken the dow near the 11,000 level for the first time in 18 months. you see right now the dow is lightly up. s&p up as well and so is the nads dak. >>> president obama is proposing dramatic changes to america's nuclear strategy. under the new policy, the u.s. would not use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear countries. but defense secretary robert gates insists that, quote, all options are on the table when it
you to the scene. >>> plus, questions we've been asking about toyota executives all along. what did they know about the safety problems? when did they know it? when were they warned? today we have a troubling new answer. >>> also, virginia's governor still says there should be a confederate history month. he's apologizing for leaving out any reference to slavery in his original proclamation. that is not soothing his critics. people on both sides are up in arms over thisser shoe. they're blogging about it like mad. we're going to step back. we're going to take a deep breath and have an honest discussion about the confederacy and what role it plays in american history. should there be a confederate history month? if you haven't chimed in, go to facebook and do it now on my facebook page. >>> as i said, let's go right back to vest wirnlg wirnlg and follow up on what is going on. brooke baldwin is in naoma, west virginia. they have had a serious setback in their attempts to reach those four miners that remain trapped. brooke, what's the update? >> reporter: the update is, best case scen
and some are still missing. >>> plus, safety cover-up. the government accuses toyota of skirting the law. the historic fine being leveled against the auto giant. >>> and, bargain hunters. the couple that gives frugal a whole new meaning. your junk becomes their treasures. it's tuesday, april 6th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm todd connor in for jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> we begin with that developing story from west virginia. a coal mine explosion has killed at least 25 workers. >> mine safety officials say it appears that methane gas caused the explosion, just as in the sago disaster four years ago. the mine located in montcoal, west virginia. john donvan reports. >> reporter: there was an explosion at about 3:30 in the afternoon, and it was felt from some distance, as we heard from one of the miners who works there. >> we were on our way to go out to the other side of the mountain on the ueb side. but we got caught up in -- it was almost like a tornado. i mean, we got -- it stopped us dead because we couldn't go any farther because there
years after the >>> then, elian gonzalez, a young man ten years after the international tu >>> toyota has two weeks to decide if it will challenge a record fine the government is proposing over those sticky gas the government accuses the company of hiding the dangerous defects for months. and proposes $16.4 million penalty. toyota has recalled more than 6 million vehicles in the u.s. because of acceleration problems. toyota says it has taken several steps to improve its communications with regulators and customers. >>> general motors says it will use a safety system on all of its cars that can prevent unintended acceleration. the automaker says all new vehicles worldwide will have the brake override system by 2012. the system reduces power when the driver steps on the break and the accelerator at the same time. >>> overseas stock markets are mixed this morning. tokyo's nikkei average fell 0.5% today. markets are closed in hong kong for a holiday. on wall street, the dow climbed 46 points yesterday. the nasdaq jumped 27 points. >>> home buyers appear to be racing to take advantage of a
could be forced to pay. >> toyota fights back. with a -- what the car maker is doing to keep selling vehicles. >> and the orioles get the season started on the road. how they did against the rays. >> live in high definition, from wbff tv in baltimore, this is fox 45 news "late edition". >> hello again, i am jennifer gilbert. jeff barnd is off tonight. if you drive a car, you need insurance, and the price tag on that insurance, could be going up. if a new bill passes. john rydell reports, the state senate takes up a plan that could lead to an increase in car insurance rates. >> state lawmakers are bitterly divided over whether to increase the amount of insurance that a other drivers if they areect involved in accidents. a bill to increase the minimum amount of liability coverage drivers must carry has passed the house. almost 250,000 drivers would wind up paying more in premiums. supporters say the bill would actually help to pay for medical costs for those seriously injured in crashes, but opponents call it an indirect tax hike. >> it will be disproportionate on the low income, even
of next week. >> the toyota sports desk -- the toyota sports desk, molding you forward. >>> the gnats are hot -- nats are hot. when they have one three of their -- they have won three of their last four, four of their last 6. they are having fun, playing with confidence. they start at three-game weekend series in florida tonight. not so much for the caps. they had their good-bye season meeting today. to be brutally honest, the players and coaches are still trying to come to grips with being eliminated. the spotlight is on bruce pedro. dreau.pert -- bruce bur his expertise was out coach. >> is not fun -- it is not fun. you're going to hear negative things in this line of work. criticism is unjust. >> nobody cares about the capitals more than bruce. nobody is more prepared than boris pretty is out to work earlier than any coach. -- than bruce. he is out to work earlier than any coach. any criticism towards him should be directed at the players. >> he has been the head coach for a long time. >>> tiger woods did not make the cut at the crow hollowed championship. -- at the quail hollow ch
to the financial disaster. and the story behind toyota getting slapped with a huge $16 million fine. but first the morning top headlines. >> the futures are indicating that we'll have a slightly weaker open. we had a rally yesterday. we had a move higher crosses 4% but right now it suggest as slightly lower open. australia central bank jumping by 25%, a 14-month high. also signalinging future moves in the future. an explosion ripping through a west virginia mine owned by mass see energy. four miners are still missing underground. they have a history of safety violations. three fatalities since 1998 and a worst than average injury rate during the last ten years. they are the largest coal producer in central ap lach cha. luds gud mob are you aglet's ge more reaction. david, good to talk to you. have you been given -- has the analyst community been informed by anything in the last 12 hours or so as a result of the mining accident? what can you tell snus? >> the company put out a press release to confirm the explosion and the deaths and that's pretty much it. i think right now we expect them to te
toyota. a record $16.4 million penalty for the automaker's alleged failure to quickly tell regulators about gad pedal problems. phil lebeau covers the car industry for us. seems like regulators are sending a message to toyota with this fine they are looking to pursue. >> yeah, this is the way the federal government is saying to toyota, you know what? we're not happy with the way this thing played out over last six months, specifically the handling of the recall notices and the sfiky gad psticky gad p. in fact, documents show they knew about it on september 29th but there wasn't a recall in the united states until january 21st. federal law says you must notify the national highway traffic safety administration within five days of knowledge of a defect. toyota went several months before announcing the defect. remember, february 1st is when they said this is the fix for these sticky gas pd edals. $16.4 million, that's the fine. the largest possible fine that they can put against toyota and that's what it is coming from nhtsa to toyota in the case of this recall issue. >> phil lebeau, tha
in a decade. and it is just the latest safety concern for parent company toyota. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: just what toyota didn't need -- don't buy recommendation from "consumer reports" for the 2010 lexus gx 460 suv because of rollover risks. >> we are telling people not to buy it until that is fixed. >> reporter: the problem, electronics stability control system, reportedly doesn't intervene quickly enough when the vehicle slides out of control during sweeping turns. those findings from "consumer reports" standard handling test. >> the rear wheel could slooif off the pavement or hit a curb that could lead to a tripped rollover. >> reporter: adding to rollover concerns the gx is tall with a high center of gravity. consumer watchdog group says no other suv in recent years slid out as far as the lexus gx. the don't buy recommendation follows toyota's recall of a dozen vehicle models in recent months over sudden acceleration issues. a crisises that it damaged its reputation. in a statement released by lexus, the car maker says, quote, we will try to duplicate the consumer repo
suspensions. toyota suspended sales of a lexus suv. rollover fears. now, the company is testing a bunch of other models for the same problem. i'll tell you what, for toyota, when it rains, it pours. >> you have no idea. you don't even know the anger that my husband and i feel towards what this woman has done. >> russia suspended adoptions by american families. you're looking at the face of heartbreak. this woman got so close to bringing her new son and daughter home. and then that tennessee woman sent her son back to russia back to russia with a note. >>> and the third kind of suspension. travel. an angry, messy and busy volcano between north america and europe will definitely do that. >>> but we begin with the acronym, we all know it, nasa, national aeronautics and space administration. but the meaning far more powerful, exploration, innovation and inspiration. >> i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. >> it was a promise. and a challenge. president kennedy set
is manufactured by toyota. here it is. the magazine says the suv carries an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns. it's urging people not to buy the vehicle until the problem has been fixed. 5,000 gs-460s have been recalled. toyota is taking a serious look at the problem and appreciates consumer reports for bringing it to the company's attention. >>> how tough should you be when it comes to tough love? this is quite a debate. a new study on spanking is out. is it a good way to discipline your kids? we'll tell you what research found and get your views on corporal punishment. >>> new information in the search for missing florida girl haleigh cummings. apparently the search is on again. the putnam county sheriff's office said authorities are acting on a tip but won't, laberate beyond that. hill haleigh cummings was last seen in her father ronald's home. here's her picture. take a good look. ronald's then girlfriend and ex-wife misty croslin claims she put haleigh to bed that night and that was the last anyone saw of her. >>> well, there is more evidence that s
day now. plus the aggressive incentives toyota is putting out there. are they going down the same road that, well, hey, look, gm would not say that was such a wonderful road, was it? should toyota beware? and here are your morning movers. still hovering shy of 11,000. your biggest mover today is celgene and amazon on the move. we'll be back. >>> 45 minutes into the trading day. the dow up more than 10% since the february lows. boeing, du pont and disney, the biggest gainer on the blue chip index. auto nation, one of the best performers on the s&p. the company boosting earnings guidance for first quarter. and las vegas sans, u.s. steel, also hiting fresh 52-week lows. matt nesto told you yesterday about success in mccaw. we talked about las vegas sands. what else you got going on today, mr. nesto? >> let me talk about some of the upgrades, you mentioned the dow leaders. only eight stocks higher here today. du pont, pfizer and disney get upgraded this morning. du pont goes to neutral. off the underperform list at ba meryl this morning. you can see it is up .6%. pfizer, jpmorgan, is sayin
. >> let's talk about the car industry and toyota took a big hit today in what respect? >> ok. transportation secretary ray lahood said toyota, you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the sticking gas pedals. you're fined $16 million. the lawyers are going to have a field day with this. now, the government says you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the lawyers have already sued. now they're going to say you covered it up. this could push toyota closer to a mass settlement of all these lawsuits and it will be very, very expensive. this is what could happen. >> one of the problems is the fact that they didn't have a recall months ago. they had to wait until it became a huge public outcry. the government says toyota, you should have reported this in five days. you took four months. that's a delay. you knowingly hid a dangerous problem. >> hold on, stu, because the government now owns most of general motors and chrysler. >> there is self-interest here. >> it is a conflict of interest, though, for the government to be fining toyota because some could argue, well, we kind of went the
targeted apartments and other residential buildings. >>> toyota's facing a record fine, more than $16 million for not telling officials quickly enough about safety problems with sticky gas pedals. the department of transportation says toyota hit a dangerous defect for months from u.s. officials. >>> mexico's president got a firsthand look on monday at damage caused by sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake just south of the california border. a strong 4.9 aftershock last nightcaped a day of more than 100 smaller tremors. two people died in the quake and at least 45 businesses and about a dozen homes were destroyed in the hardest hit city of mexicali, mexico. >>> a 10-year-old pare air girl is recovering after pretty bad accident over the weekend. her thigh was impaled by a fence post as she was trying to retrieve a ball. doctors performed surgery to remove it from her leg and they expect her now to make a full recovery. it is now eight minutes past the hour. back over to you two, tamron and matt. >> she's lucky. ann, thank you. >>> let us get a check of the weather now from mr. roker. >> t
46 while the nasdaq added 27. >>> the government has slapped toyota with a $16.4 million fine, the maximum allowed for covering up its issues with sticky gas pedals. the transportation department says the automaker knew it had a problem in september, but didn't tell regulators until january. toyota has two weeks to accept or contest the penalty. they're expected to appeal. >>> well, general motors has announced it will install a new brake safety measure to prevent sudden acceleration in its own vehicles. the new brake override reduces power to the engine if the driver steps on the gas pedal and brake at the same time. gm says this will be in all-new vehicles by 2012. >>> there's a new government program to help prevent foreclosures. the obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete a short sale or agree to turn over the deed of the property to the lender. it's for homeowners who are in financial trouble but don't qualify for the modification program. >>> and it's a good spring for strawberry lovers. the cold winter delayed florida's crop
shop, only at giant. >>> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers -- moving you forward. >>> the nationals are 0-2. while it is not surprising, it is frustrating. the phillies have scored 18 runs in their first two outings. washington with some firepower. how'd you do, cole hammels? deep center field, get out of here, 402 feet. but the nationals's starting pitchers, not holding up. the fastball, rye and howard, get a new baseball. six-three fillies. the nationals lose tonight at the ballpark, 8-4. >>> tampa, orioles-devil rays, better ball game. the long ball, deep into the night. monster home run, solo shot, 4-2 tampa bay. they beat the orioles, 4-3. >>> the wizards were blasted by the magic, pulling orlando within half a game of the l.a. lakers for home field advantage in case of an nba finals rematch. shaun livingston, the plight of the night. baseline, watch this. could turn, cut off. it throws it over his head, the prayer, answered. dwight howard, all-star contest. he could have had half a hundred. the magic man handled the wizards. >>> golf fans, tiger
on her bobblehead. that's hard for a woman to do, you know. >>> toyota responds. government slaps them with a record-breaking fine. will the automaker pay it or fight it? >>> i'm suzanne collins. a paraplegic is having to use this wheelchair which is very uncomfortable because his own whee l wheel-- wheelchair has been stolen. >>> coming up, high altitude repair work. that story as eyewitness news continues. >>> this is mark i didn't -- mark viviano. the season begins tonight for the o's. i'll talk to the team. plus, duke does a championship dance. and mcnabb lands in d.c. that's all ahead when eyewitness news continues. - at subway... - there's something for... - everyone. everyone! - so many footlongs... - are just $5. - seriously? this will make a splash. everyone loves subway $5 footlongs. so many favorites, all day, every day. subway. eat fresh. >>> 6:30. 93 degrees and partly cloudy. tiger woods is gearing up for the masters. and tiger vows that nothing has changed since his personal life put his golf game on hold. today, he wowed the crowd. >> reporter: tiger woods showed why he
geithner speaking in new delhi. >>> u.s. regulators want to slap toyota with a civil penalty, amounting to about $16.4 billion, the biggest fine for an automaker in history. toyota failed to notify quickly about its defective pedals. toyota will not directly address the fines, but says it has taken the steps to improve communication issues. >>> south korea will recall 13,000 vehicles sold in the country because of suspected defaults. all the suspected models have floor mats which could hamper the operation of the pedals. nicole. >>> in the united states, 25 people have been killed in a blast in west virginia. four people are still unaccounted for and rescue operations have been halted. the blast happened monday afternoon at the upper branch mine. the cause is unknown, but the mine has a history of violations for not properly ventilating highly combustible gas. massey fell more than 5% in after hours trading. >>> the finance chairman will be watching china's currency practices closely in the next week to decide on what legislation congress should pass on the issue. saturday, treshgry sec
: japanese automaker toyota said today it tested a luxury s.u.v. deemed a safety risk, and got the same results. that test came this week, after "consumer reports" magazine said the lexus g.x. 460 can roll over. toyota is looking at potential fixes for the problem. meanwhile, the automaker could be heading back to capitol hill for another round of hearings. the house energy and commerce committee has set may 6 to review the automaker's electric throttles. those throttles are at the heart of questions about sudden acceleration in toyota and lexis vehicles. >> the civil fraud charges against goldman sachs come as big bank of nov banks have sn big. rochdale securities. joining us from the gulf coast. dick, nice to see you. welcome back to "nightly business report". >> thank you. >> tom: how does this goldman sachs case color your view of the company, as well as the stock. >> it should be stated clearly if in fact goldman sachs did something improperly, they should be fined for it, and they should be punished. if we make the assumptions for analytical purposes they did do something wrong, m
to see the volcano firsthand. >> tom: more trouble for toyota. now, the government is looking at the stability of its lexus gx-460. that's the s.u.v. model that "consumer reports" says is a potential rollover risk, leading toyota to stop selling it. the national highway traffic safety administration says it is already working on its tests. this is the latest problem in an ongoing saga for toyota. the japanese auto maker has until monday to respond to a proposed $16 million government fine for hiding defects that caused its vehicles to suddenly accelerate. >> susie: today's the day, the deadline for taxes. federal returns have to be postmarked by midnight. but kevin mccormally says don't stress out because the calendar says april 15. he's editorial director at kiplinger's personal finance, and he has a few more tax tips before the big deadline. tonight-- why you may not have to worry at all about today's deadline. >> with just a few hours to go before the tax deadline, i want to remind anyone struggling to finish a 1040, or that wonderful little form 4868 that pushes the deadli
is straight ahead. bill: also, what did they know, when did they know it. talking about toyota and the problems with that gas pedal. was there a coverup? reports of the toyota executive urging the company to come clean. it's impossible to replace anybody that you love. she was my great role model, my grammy keaton. it was pretty much of a shock for us when she got colon cancer. we were -- none of us were prepared for that. here's the deal, and this is the bottom line here -- colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer of men and women over the age of 50. and you know what -- this is one that you can prevent. just get screened, okay? i know how precious life is right now. we can all do this. you can do it, i can do it. if i can do it, you can do it, okay? how's that for a deal? arrested a man in san francisco for making threatening phone calls to the house speaker nancy pelosi over health care reform. federal investigators saying that man called pelosi's homes in california and in washington, as well as her husband's office. he's 48-year-old gregory giusti, arrested ye
save money by combining operations. >>> just five days before toyota's historic recall, an executive warned colleagues they needed to come clean about acceleration problems. e-mail from that executive revealed strong concerns that toyota officials were not properly addressing safety problems. toyota has declined to comment. the automaker has recalled more than 6 million vehicles in the u.s. >>> well, here is a look at the thursday forecast. there will be rain along the coast in the pacific northwest and snow in the mountains of montana and idaho. showers and thunderstorms are possible from the gulf coast to the northeast. >> the east coast will see another warm day before a big cool-off by tomorrow. the midwest will be a little cooler than usual with minneapolis and fargo in the 50 southwest is sunny and seasonable with phoenix and l.a. in the 80s. >>> the french spider-man is back doing what he does best. climbing tall buildings and being arrested. elaine robert returned to his home in paris where he scaled a 607-foot office building. police were of course waiting for him at the top
examining more than 70,000 documents to discover whether toyota has any other safety violations. on monday toyota was fined a record $16.4 million to waiting four months before disclosing a pedal flaw. >> i think toyota was safety deaf, i think they have a very bad business model. i told that directly to mr. t toyoda when he came to my office in washington, d.c. they know they have some serious, serious issuings, not the least of which is violating safety laws that they need to account for. >> and a federal districtius that the red wax seal coating is a well-known and valid trade market. it prohibits diageo from using a similar mark on its tequila bottles. >>> rescuers are trying to find four men. massey stock today very heavily traded. hampton pearson brings us the latest on the rescues. >> particularly the high number of violations at the mine where the latest tragedy has occurred. last year federal inspectors found more than 450 violations and fined them in excess of $382,000, related to problems regarding the ventilation and equipment plan. this afternoon, the ceo offered a partial exp
report is expected later today. >>> toyota facing a record fine of $16 million for not telling u.s. officials quickly enough about those safety problems with sticky gas pedals. the transportation department said toyota hid a dangerous defect for months from u.s. officials. under federal law automakers must notify nhtsa in determining a safety defect exists. the fine is the maximum allowed by law and toyota could face additional fines. >>> a judge appointed to hear the case of michael jackson's doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter. michael jackson's mother, father and three sisters were in court as conrad murray's case was assigned. the next court date has been set for june 14th. >>> an update on that dramatic rescue of the 2-year-old toddler who fell into new york city's east river this weekend. her father, david anderson, he jumped into the river to save his daughter bridget. by the time he dove in, there was another good samaritan, a frenchman in the water. david anderson spoke exclusively to matt lauer on the "today" show and described the moment. >> we didn't have a c
news tonight. between them affecting millions of american consumers. first toyota. our own kelly o'donnell on capitol hill has obtained an internal e-mail written by a company executive here in the u.s. just five days before toyota announced a massive recall. in the e-mail, the company executive acknowledges the company has accelerator pedal problems. goes on to say, "we are not protecting our consumers by keeping this quiet. the time to hide on this one is over. we need to come clean." look for a lot more on this story tomorrow. >>> second story tonight concerns the airline business. news of a possible blockbuster merger combining two big brand names in the air, cnbc's david faber is with us to talk about it. what are the names and what is the likelihood here? >> the names are ual and usair. most likely it will probably happen, although it is weeks away and there are plenty of things to come in terms of hurdles they have to overcome. the airlines are still facing a prospect of not make anything money. you can charge as many people as you want for their bags, ultimately one of the
the model.. while engineers do their own testing. toyota says it's also testing all suvs under the toyota and lexus brands - which totals 6 models. with baseball season having started and better weather hopefully here to stay, the time for outdoor grilling is pretty much just beginning. but for those heading out to the supermarket this spring and summer there may be a bit of sticker shock when buying up all the beef for a proper bar- be-que. meat prices are moving up. "we are forecasting that beef prices in the middle meat will be up 5-7 percent as consumers go forward." that increase at the checkout line represents a change from recent pricing trends in beef and other meats. red meat is 4- percent cheaper than it was in february of last year, pork costs nearly 2-percent less and the price of chicken is down more than 1-percent according to the department of agriculture. but a number of factors on the farm and on feedlots has dan basse of ag resources predicting higher prices for those proteins. "its just the tightness of supply, the harsh winter weather has feed conversion rates decline,
on toyota's troubles. e-mails obtained by the associated press show that company executives wrestled with how to deal with sticking accelerator pedals. in january, five dayss before announcing a massive recall, an american vice president wrote "we are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet." and "the time has come to not hide on this one." toyota had no comment today. if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. ask your doctor about plavix. protection that helps save lives. people with stomach ulcers or other conditions that cause bleeding should not use plavix. taking plavix alone or with some other medicines including aspirin may increase bleeding risk, so tell your
invests. >>> plus if you own a toyota, there is more important news this morning. yet another recall, this time it involves 600,000 sienna minivans and we'll also look into the consumer reports "don't by" recommendation. >>> and a new biography out on the life of oprah winfrey. we'll tell you what it talk about past and present. >>> let's get start on the latest on the eruption of that volcano and the cloud of ash that continues to cause so much disruption in europe and beyond. we begin with chris jansing in iceland. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester, and activity at the volcano actually seems to be increasing, at least according to scientists at the university of iceland. if you look behind me, you can see just how big this ash plume has gotten. the good news is that the cloud cover has ended so scientists can look at the volcano from the air. they can look at how much of that glacier has melted, a crucial indication on how long the travel disruptions might last. by night fall friday, the volcano was again showing its power. it was an ominous dark plume f
. >> the robbers drove off in a red toyota camry. investigators are talking to other witnesses who saw them. >>> today is distracted driver awareness day in virginia. it's a day to remind you not to text while driving and to use a hands-free device. that was the message yesterday at union station with students vowing never to text behind the wheel. >> i think it was really encouraging because i'm about to start driving. i get my permit on may 30th and when i start to drive i'm going to put my phone down. >> one of my friends actually, he was texting me and almost got in to the opposite lane. so it was scary. >> reporter: friday is no phone day in the district along with dozens of other states and cities nationwide. >>> for more information on the great hangup, go to we have special page set up for that. look under the extras tab. >>> it is now official, mei xiang the panda at the national zoo is not pregnant. officials say they have conducted an ultrasound and hormone analysis to make that determination. however, experts at the zoo say the panda was experiencing a false pregnancy
the source of what was recorded. >>> toyota is weighing the openings after getting hit with multi-million dollar fines. they are seeking the maximum penalty. they say toyota knew it had problems with sticky gas pedals in late december. but didn't tell the government until january. the car maker has to admit to wrongdoing or fight it and risk more bad publicity. >>> obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete a short sale or agree to turn over the deed of the property to the lender. it's for homeowners who are in financial trouble but don't qualify for the administration's $75 billion mortgage modication program. >>> an east baltimore school is recognized as one of the greenest in the country. so green, it is up for a $15,000 prize. andrea fujii explains in tonight's school watch, where they're depending on your online vote. jazz call -- >> reporter: call it compost 101. kids from hampstead hill elementary all make compost piles frvment growing to main-- piles. from growing to maintaining. >> we pull weeds and plant plants. >> we try to make
. >>> toyota says it has not been note nid yet but it knows the u.s. government is proposing a record $16.4 million fine for failing to alert regulators about safety problems. the government is accusing toyota of hiding a dangerous defect, the sticking gas pedal. >>> you take the beautiful weather and the big crowds in the tidal basin and that meant great news fr metro. >> coming up n, some record- setting numbers that could have far-reaching effects. >>> also in a couple of moments, the latest on today's hot weather forecast and julie wright wi be along with an update on the traffic. we'll have that and more in just a few moments. >>> the newest redskin, donovan mcnabb, going to be introduced to the d.c. media in just a couple of hours. this is video of him leaving dulles yesterday giving a wave to the folk. a news conference set for noon today and we'll have that live for you here on fox 5. >> didn't i read somewhere he will keep his number. >> he will keep number 5. i can't and colt brennan will switch to a different number. >> 15. >> all right. >> very good. >> something exciting. >>
falling from shelves and hear a person screaming in spanish. >>> toyota executives are weighing their options after being slapped with a fine. the transportation will make toyota pay $16.4 million because they did not tell consumers quickly enough about the gas pedals. >>> trouble at the top, senate democratic leader harry reid is down playing political obstacles in nevada while michael steele is trying to diffuse speculation that he's on the way out. joining us now, bob shrum and pat buchanan. first, to you, bob. harry reid, the numbers are just awful. he claims he's being hurt by the economy, that he's doing fine, but when you look at him against any republican alternative, he's getting clobbered. >> he's going to have a tough race. he has a lot of strengths in that state, but the real question, this isn't about just harry reid. it's about the whole midterm, is where does the economy go next month and the month after that. if we see jobs continue to pick up and people feel better about the economy, democrats are going to do better, republicans are going to have to put some of
that straight ahead.  >>> first toyota got hit with a record fine on monday. today another civil penalty could be in the works. the transportation department is now telling the automaker that the gas pedals have two different problems and could require two separate solutions to fix. toyota is already facing a $16 million fine for waiting too long to tell the government about those defective gas pedals. >>> a foreclosure fiasco for a georgia couple even though they're not behind on payments. a man legally bought their home at auction and then showed up with the papers. >> reporter: two days ago randy felt like the rug had been pulled out from under her. she found out her house had been sold and it wasn't even on the partial. >> on tuesday my husband was outside working on his truck. a guy came over to him and i think shook his hand and said hi, i just bought this house. so he's thinking to himself, yeah, right, you're joking. they rang the doorbell. i was on the phone. he rings the doorbell and my husband says to me, this guy is the new owner of this house. >> report
. thank you. >>> the "associated press" reports toyota executive wrote an internal e-mail that the company needed to, "come clean" about accelerator problems just five days before it announced a massive recall. a.p. says toyota warned european, russian, and middle eastern distributors about the problems months before it notified american regulators. general morl motors says it los $4.3 billion in the last half of 2009 as it struggled to repay government loans and emerge from bankruptcy, but they say there is a chance it will be profitable this year. the nation's largest auto maker reports a large gain in domestic market share in the first three months of 2010. >>> stocks were down today. the dow lost 72.5. the s&p 500 dropped 7. nasdaq gave back 5 2/3. >>> one of president obama's top economic advisors paul volcker is talking about a controversial new tax to help battle the deficit. fox business network correspondent peter barnes is here to tell us about the value-added tax. otherwise known as the v.a.t. good evening, peter. what is the v.a.t.? >> well, it's basically a national sales tax
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increased since then. just before toyota announced a huge recall. the associated press reported today the warning was contained in an internal e-mail by irv miller, a company vice president. he since has retired. in the e-mail miller said "we are not protecting our costumers by keeping this quiet." the automaker had no immediate response for the report. for the record, toyota is an underwriter of the new england. the former chairman of the federal reserve-- alan greenspan -- today defended his actions during the run-up to the financial crisis. he appeared before a bipartisan commission, at a hearing focused on sub-prime mortgages. those loans went bad in droves and fueled the meltdown in 2008. the panel's chairman said it was the fed's fault. greenspan blamed mortgage lending giants fannie mae and freddie mac for pushing the risky loans. >> mr. chairman, why, in the face of all that, did you not act to contain abusive, deceptive subprime lending? why did you allow it to become such an infection in the marketplace? >> i think things were better than they would have been. were they enou
is xpektsed on monday. >>> toyota has resumed sales of its lexus us suvs just one week after a recall. about 10,000 suvs were recalled because of possible rollover dangers. toyota says dealerships have the equipment to repair the stability control system. the announcement came after "consumer reports" issued a rare don't buy rating over concerns the vehicle could roll over in tight turns. >>> great medical news this morning for men. what if we told you thaw there was a drug you could take that would stop the spread of prostate cancer? the fda just approved such a drug called provenge designed to help the body's immune system. researchers are thrilled with the results. men who took it in trials had mild side effects and lived four months longer than those who didn't receive the treatment. >> it's exciting because this vaccine or immunotherapy works in a totally different way and complements the existing therapies that we have. >> the drug is not cheap. it will cost more than $90,000 a patient for three doseses. that's because the drug is custom-made for each patient. >>> after a really rough
consumption to avoid the disease. >>> federal regulators are considering a second fine against toyota for failing to notify the government about defective accelerators in a timely manner. they say because the accelerator pedals involved in the recall exhibited two separate defects, two separate remedies may be necessary. toyota has already been fined a record $16.4 million. >>> a senator charles schumer's taking aim at airlines charging a fee for carry-on luggage calling the idea a slap in the face to travelers. the new york lawmaker is asking the treasury department to rule that carry-ons are a travel necessity which would make them exempt from extra fees. schumer says if the treasury department fails to act, he plans to introduce legislation. he thinks people have to take their medicine, that sort of thing, it's sort of crucial they're allowed to take big carry-ons. >> it could set a precedent if this goes forward. >> people are going to start shoving stuff under the seat now, it will be a mess. >>> here's your monday forecast. another stormy day out west. heavy rain from l.a. to sa
the white house hopes to persuade russia to agree to mutual cuts. >>> toyota says it hasn't been notified yesterday yetunde but it knows the government is proposing a record $16.4 million in fines for failing to quickly alert regulators about safety problems. the automaker says it has taken a number of steps to improve communications with regulators an customers on safety issues. >> donovan mcnabb will be introduced to the tease area today. this is mcnabb leaving dulles airport. paul wagner has a report on this trade. a good deal for both side. >> can i stop you for a minute. what do you tnk of the mcnabb trade? >> i think it might have been time for him to go. >> i have the same opinion she does. i was ready for him to go. i think the last couple of years, he hasn't shown what he needs to do togo to the next level. >> i'm pretty surprised they would trade within the division. i think it is time for a new era in the phillies. he did a good job for us. >> we did manage to find one philly fan who thought the redskins made a smarter move. >> that's tough. i was a big mcnabb fan. i think he
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